Thinking about A City Break in Cork?

Cork city has something for everyone, whether you’re away with family or friends or enjoying a romantic getaway The Clayton Hotel Silver Springs is the perfect base for your trip

The city has lots of cafes and restaurants, perfect for a lazy afternoon whilst shoppers will adore Opera Lane, Patrick Street, Mahon Point & Wilton Shopping Centre, and the many fantastic boutiques dotted around the city.

Not forgetting food and drink which is central to life in Cork, visitors will be spoiled for choice for wining & dining, from Al Fresco to fine dining and not overlooking the delights of exploring “the best-covered market in the UK and Ireland” The English Market.

If you are planning a romantic city break, Cork has so much to offer and we’ve put together a date guide for you, likewise if you’re organizing a family day out we’ve got you covered too! Our online concierge is here to help plan your ideal hotel city break to Cork.

For sightseers, there are many attractions to discover and not forgetting that once you have visited a Pure Cork attraction, you will receive a leaflet offering 10% off other participating attractions.

You will be busy but totally inspired!

Elizabeth Fort

From the grand parade, cross over the pedestrian bridge and walk a short distance to Elizabeth Fort on Barrack Street.  It is a 17th Century Star Fort, with beautiful views of the entire city from the bastions. Walk throughout see the great cannons and grounds.


St Fin Barre’s Cathedral

From Elizabeth Fort, head to St Fin Barre’s Cathedral, a great neo-Gothic Anglican church situated on a site of Christian worship since the 9th century.  Explore the grounds, the Cathedral, and don’t forget to look out for the large gilded angel on the roof of the eastern end of the Cathedral. You may get to hear a choir or organist at play.


Fota House & Gardens

So much more to do and see at Fota House, Arboretum and Gardens.

Spend some time with them and look into the lives of the Smith-Barry family and the staff who served them through generations.

Learn of their colourful backstories and the interesting and curious tales of life in the big house, recalled for you by our friendly and knowledgeable guides.

Contrast the magnificence of the stately rooms with the hard-working conditions of the servants quarters.
Theirs is a story of an upstairs/downstairs parallel universe, a fascinating history of the house and its people.

If you liked ‘Downton’, you’ll love this.  The wonderful team at Fota House can’t wait to show you around.

Nano Nagle Place

From St Fin Barre’s Cathedral take a stroll over to Douglas Street, experience the tranquility of Nano Nagle Place, an oasis of serenity and beauty. The complex houses a museum, gift shop, heritage rooms, and gorgeous gardens. Also after all this exploring why not take 5 and enjoy the delights of the wonderful Good Day Deli, where you can enjoy a mix of local, seasonal, and organic food.


Crawford Art Gallery

Looking for further cultural stimulation head back towards the city, to Emmet Place to explore Crawford Art Gallery, which is in the momentous heritage building once the cities custom house. This gallery is home to works of much-loved Irish artists and runs temporary exhibitions.

The Lewis Glucksman

After your tasty lunch, why not seek out some more culture and why not head over to the grounds of University College Cork to discover the award-winning building which houses the impressive Glucksman Gallery.  The gallery is over 3 floors, displaying temporary and long-term exhibitions.

The gallery aims to make contemporary art and creative practice available to all, whether you are a first-time gallery-goer, an expert, or somewhere in between.

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Clayton Hotel Silver Springs is currently open to essential travel only in accordance with government guidelines.

Reasonable evidence confirming the stay is for essential travel must be provided on arrival, otherwise your booking will be cancelled.

Please contact our hotel team to discuss your requirements by calling +353 (0)21 450 7533 or